You’ve probably heard the rumours, but now we’ve had it finally confirmed: Ubisoft is making a battle royale game. Hyper Scape, which is slated for release later this year, is a fast paced free-to-play shooter that pits up to 100 players against one another in the neon-drenched streets of Neo Arcadia.
The battle royale, which was first revealed on July 2, marks Ubisoft’s first entry into the battle royale market. The publisher made it clear at the Ubisoft Forward event on July 12 that the game has been built to be competitive – but cater to a casual audience through the use of Hyper Scape hacks, which are essentially abilities that can be upgraded.
Hyper Scape is also the first battle royale built with viewers in mind, and through a handy dandy Twitch extension, spectators will be able to influence individual games through Hyper Scape events. So without further ado, here’s everything we know so far about Hyper Scape, including the release date, gameplay, weapons, hacks, live events, and more.
Hyper Scape release date
Hyper Scape release date is set for August 11, 2020.
PC players have been able to play it for a while now, but the game is set to fully launch on PC, PS4, and Xbox One on this date.
Hyper Scape platforms
Hyper Scape will be releasing on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. Ubisoft has not commented on next-gen consoles or Nintendo Switch just yet.
Hyper Scape beta
The game is now in open beta for PC players, but this will close on August 3. Console players will have to wait until the official Hyper Scape release date to get their hands on the game.
Hyper Scape gameplay
Hyper Scape is a free-to-play battle royale that pits up to 100 people against one another online. Players initially drop into a location of their choice with only a melee weapon to their name, but there’s lots of weapons and abilities called hacks to scavenge along the way.
Every player can have two weapons and two hacks equipped at any given time – but these can be swapped in and out as the game develops. While there’s not a full list of hacks just yet, the trailer suggests players will be granted with abilities that affect offence, defence, or movement.
You can also fuse duplicates of weapons or hacks you find with your current loadout to create a stronger version of your weapon. So if you’re looking to increase your gun’s magazine capacity or damage, you’ll need to be on the lookout.
Like other battle royale games out there, the playable area will slowly get smaller. There’s no circles or force fields in Hyper Scape, instead building will decay as the arena becomes smaller and smaller.
If you’re one of the lucky ones to make it to the final stage of the game, also know as the Showdown, then there are two ways to win. Players can choose to eliminate the remaining enemies – as is the way in traditional king of the hill style battle royales – or steal and hold a crown for 45 seconds. While this sounds easy, the crown holder – and their squad – will be marked for all to see, so be careful.
Last but not least, Hyper Scape also puts a unique twist on respawns. If you die in Hyper Scape, you’re down but not out. You’ll respawn as an Echo – which is essentially a ghost – and be able to scout the road ahead for your team for any possible enemies. If your team kills an enemy, they’ll be able to bring you back as an active player through a portal they drop.
Hyper Scape modes
Hyper Scape has two modes so far. Crown Rush is the standard battle royale mode described above, which open to both solo and squads, while Dark Haze is a limited-time mode that places solo players in a low-visibility map containing different weapons.
Hyper Scape Twitch crowncast
Hyper Scape has been built with streaming in mind. Ubisoft has developed a Twitch extension called Crowncast which will allow streamers to connect with their viewers in a new way.
The cutting edge extension will allow viewers to vote for “game-changing” events, such as Infinite Ammo and Low Gravity, that will affect everyone in the streamer’s match.
The extension will also reward viewers with battle pass unlocks, as well as make it easier for streamers to team up with some of their fans through a direct invite system.
Hyper Scape cross-play
Hyper Scape is going to have cross-play between PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. You’ll be able to play with friends on any platform and have your cosmetics transfer over to whatever platform you play on, thanks to the game’s cross-progression.
That’s everything we know about Ubisoft’s battle royale so far. As soon as we get more news, including a firm release date, we’ll be sure to update this guide.